Good Taste, Bad Taste, and Christian Taste Aesthetics in Religious Life
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Christians frequently come into conflict with themselves and others over such matters as music, popular culture, and worship style. Yet they usually lack any theology of art or taste adequate to deal with aesthetic disputes. In this provocative book, Frank Burch Brown offers a constructive, "ecumenical" approach to artistic taste and aesthetic judgment--a non-elitist but discriminating theological aesthetics that has "teeth but no fangs." While grounded in history and theory, this book takes up such practical questions as: How can one religious community accommodate a variety of artistic tastes? What good or harm can be done by importing music that is worldly in origin into a house of worship? How can the exercise of taste in the making of art be a viable (and sometimes advanced) spiritual discipline? In exploring the complex relation between taste, religious imagination, and faith, Brown offers a new perspective on what it means to be spiritual, religious, and indeed Christian.
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Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 2/20/2003
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.25" long x 0.50" tall
|Prologue: Religious Taste|
|Good Taste, Bad Taste, and Christian Taste|
|Art in Christian Traditions|
|From the Love of Religion to the Love of Art|
|The Taste for Art and the Thirst for God|
|Kitsch, Sacred and Profane: The Question of Quality|
|Ecumenical Taste: The Case of Music|
|Making Sacred Places, and Making Places Sacred|
|Styles and Stages of Faith and Art I: The Next Stage|
|Styles and Stages of Faith and Art II: Practicing Christianity Artfully|